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    “We are going to be the last mass shooting”: watch a Florida shooting survivor’s impassioned speech

    One of the students who survived Wednesday’s deadly shooting at a Florida high school called for stricter gun regulations and took aim at President Donald Trump and other Republicans for their inaction on the matter on Saturday.
    “If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and how it should never have happened and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it,” Gonzalez said, “I’m going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association.”
    Emma Gonzalez, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, delivered an impassioned speech at a gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Saturday.
    “Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seated funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have ever been done to prevent this, we call BS,” she said. “They say that tougher gun laws do not decrease gun violence. We call BS. They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. We call BS. They say guns are just tools like knives and are as dangerous as cars. We call BS. No, they say that no laws could have been able to prevent the hundreds of senseless tragedies that have occurred. We call BS.”
    A 19-year-old former student, Nikolas Cruz, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder after killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, with Gonzalez attends, on Wednesday. He was armed with an AR-15 rifle, which he used to carry out the rampage.
    The massacre, among the deadliest school shootings in US history, has yet again sparked debate about US gun laws and lawmakers’ continued inaction on gun control.
    President Trump traveled on Friday to visit shooting victims and first responders. He also wrote in a tweet that there were “so many signs” that Cruz was mentally disturbed and seemed to cast blame on those around him for not reporting him. “Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem,” he wrote. “Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”

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